At Marsh Green Primary School, we aim to provide the highest quality pastoral support throughout the school. Working collaboratively, all staff ensure the nurturing ethos is embedded throughout. In June 2017, we were awarded the National Nurturing School award, this was a fantastic achievement, making us the first school in the North West to earn this and the second school in the country.
Our dedicated pastoral team members include: Mrs J Weatherston, Mrs A Hamilton, Mrs D Lowry and Mrs J Hervey. The aims of the support team are to provide provision that meets the differing needs of all children, so that each child is equipped with life skills, enabling them to live fulfilling lives. To maintain an atmosphere that is safe, secure and predictable. Specialised counselling is also provided for children who have struggled with; bereavement, relationship breakdown, managing feelings, separation and anxieties and worries.
There are several interventions that are implemented to support children’s social, emotional and academic learning, including Nurture Group, Muddy Monday, Therapeutic Workshops and lunchtime clubs. The pastoral team respond to situations that may arise during the school day, yet reassuring parents that their children are being educated in a safe and nurturing environment. Whilst offering support within the wider community, assisting parents with external support, providing a ‘food boutique’, parent drop-ins and having a general open-door policy. Parents and carers are given the opportunity to be sign-posted to outside services, for appropriate provision and support.
The pastoral team are available before and after school each day, we can be found on the school yard or call in to the school office and ask to speak with Mrs A Hamilton.
The Meadow Green Room
The Meadow Green room is a small supported class of up to twelve children, situated in the heart of Marsh Green Primary School. The Meadow Green Room became established in 2004 and has grown from strength to strength in providing a safe and secure base, for all children’s social and emotional and academic needs. The groups are organised and run by two highly skilled adults – Mrs Weatherston and Mrs Lowry, and pupils can attend at lunch time or for a substantial part of each week. Within the nurture group we focus on several strands, which develop; emotional and social development skills, intrapersonal skills as well as academic progress. Pupils remain on the mainstream class roll with an expectation that they will return to the class within two to four terms.
The Meadow Green room includes different spaces to reflect the combination of a domestic and more formal learning environment. The Meadow Green room is carefully arranged to include both a classroom and a home environment. The nurture room includes a kitchen, a breakfast table, living room area, a role-play area, a quiet area and a work area.
Muddy Monday and Torrential Tuesday
Each Friday we hold a coffee morning, this enables us to chat with parents in a comfortable setting. Parents are welcome to discuss any issues that they may be facing; either at home or at school.
There is also a coffee morning held at St Barnabas’ church, where parents can be signposted to other community links, or discuss any problems within the local area.